Silicon Systems Design Engineer

Andover, MA, US, 01810

Job Function:  Engineering
Req ID:  598


Vicor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets innovative, high performance modular power components, from bricks to semiconductor-centric solutions, to enable customers to efficiently convert and manage power from the wall plug to the point-of-load. Complementing an extensive portfolio of patented innovations in power conversion and power distribution with significant application development expertise, Vicor offers comprehensive product lines addressing a broad range of power conversion and management requirements across all power distribution architectures, including CPA, DPA, IBA, FPA and CBA.  Vicor focuses on solutions for performance-critical applications in the following markets: enterprise and high performance computing, telecommunications and network infrastructure, industrial equipment and automation, vehicles and transportation and aerospace and defense electronics. 

Job Summary

Vicor Product Development Engineering is hiring a motivated individual to define, develop, validate and bring to production the latest in silicon power controllers and other ICs for cutting edge power conversion products.  We are seeking an individual with creativity, talent, experience and a drive for success in a collaborative work environment. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has strong analytical and problem-solving skills, good educational background in electrical engineering and thrives in a fast-paced growth environment. Join a dynamic team driving development of leading power conversion solutions for data center, automotive, military and general market systems. Vicor defines the leading edge of power conversion performance and never settles for good enough.

Job Description

The Silicon Design Engineer is directly responsible for the definition of Vicor IC Controllers as well as architecting the systems in which the controller is used. This also includes the creation of simulation models, hardware/firmware definition, reference designs, test boards, datasheets, and expert tools. The Sn Systems Engineer is also a key contributor to the qualification of new products and systems. Finally there are opportunities to collaborate directly with key innovators in the company to define future ground breaking power conversion solutions.

Specific responsibilities include:

    • Working independently and with other members of the team on various projects involving powertrain and system controllers.

    • Circuit-level and system-level time-domain and frequency-domain simulation of different power converter topologies, analog circuits, and digital controllers.

    • Definition of hardware and firmware requirements for system control strategies used in Vicor products.

    • Designing, prototyping, and testing evaluation boards for verifying powertrain controller ICs and firmware.

    • Support design teams in implementing test and trim routines used to calibrate ICs.

    • System level verification of new products as part of New Product Introduction (NPI) programs.

    • Assist design engineering and product development engineering groups in troubleshooting products in development.

Education / Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, MSEE a plus

  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience.

  • Experience designing AC-DC, DC-DC power supplies, or designing with AC-DC or DC-DC power components

  • IC level experience with AC/DC and DC/DC powertrain controllers strongly desired

  • Excellent understanding of analog design and an analytical approach to engineering required.

  • Familiarity with modeling and design tools such as Simulink MATLAB, Altium, SPICE, Simplis, and Simetrix.

  • Troubleshooting skills with basic power systems a plus.

  • Comfortable with lab equipment used in the characterization and design of power supplies and systems (oscilloscopes, DMMs, Network Analyzers, EMI analyzers, loads, sources, etc.)

  • Good written and verbal communication skills, comfortable presenting at a technical level in front of customers.

  • Good understanding of feedback and control systems, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), digital (e.g. PIC microcontroller) design, and simulation tools would be a plus

  • Familiarity with office tools (Excel, Power Point, Word, etc.) a plus.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Vicor is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Vicor is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability. 

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